On October 1 2011 PolyPeople set out on the annual bike ride fund raiser.
Easy Rider-alias Martin, Rough Rider alias Mike and myself The Hoff, set of from Hertford a little town in Hertfordshire, riding along the banks of the River Lea all the way to the Thames. The River Lea empties into the Thames in east London, into Lime House basin. Virtually opposite the O2 Arena on the Thames south bank.
Famous land marks along the banks of the river Lea include cycling under the M25, noisy and then past the Olympic White water sports Centre. They have very nice cafes in there and the loo facilities the Olympic athletes will use are first class!
Next you pass the Olympic site and you get as close as you can get to the venue, without a ticket. The stadium was still under construction, but up close it is a tremendous sight, much more inspiring than simply watching it on TV.
We enjoyed numerous watering stops at cafes and Rowing Clubs on the way down, can you believe it the temperatures on the day reached 83 degrees
Celsius – on October 1! Each way is a distance of 28 miles, so plus detours to ride around Olympic sites we completed 30 miles each way.
Pop down to Lime House if you get the chance, the views there of the river are great and there are some outstanding pubs by the river. We can thoroughly recommend Gordon Ramsay’s Pub the “Narrow”.
We cycled back to Hertford getting home in the dusk. We are open to suggestions of where we ride for our 2012 ride, so if anyone wants to join us that would be fantastic. We like interesting places to ride with useful watering stops! Some thoughts include the South Downs Way ( which is a real challenge) and one of the Coast to Coast rides, pretty demanding too.
We are just three mature in years gentlemen, immature in outlook when we relax, who like some exercise with good company and bike riding is perfect.
2012 Bike Ride Event Page: http://www.polypeople.net/ai1ec_event/petes-bike-ride/?instance_id=5
Victoria Pendleton – this is an open invitation to join us, if you can keep up! With my thanks to all for the funds we raised, Peter Grainger.